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Charge dismissed against man who shot grandson at Rogersville carnival

Jeff Bobo • Sep 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — An attempted murder charge filed against a carnival worker who shot his grandson at the Rogersville City Park last year was dismissed last week in Hawkins County Criminal court because the alleged victim couldn’t be located.

The shooting took place on the morning of June 1, 2016 shortly after 2 a.m. when Thurman Eldon Langford, 74, of White House, Tenn. awoke to find his camper door open and his cell phone and medication missing.

Langford and his grandson, K.C. Mosely, both worked in games for the Georgia-based Forever Young Amusements, which had a carnival set up at the park that week.

Police said Langford woke up around 2 a.m. and wanted to take a Xanax and go back to bed. Langford told police he’d hidden the bottle earlier, but when he went to retrieve it, the medication was missing, along with his phone.

Langford reportedly walked outside, saw Mosely and confronted him about the missing items.

Mosely reportedly stated he didn’t know anything about them. Langford then reportedly told Mosely he was lying and struck him, at which time Mosely pushed Langford down.

Langford then allegedly pulled a .25-caliber pistol out of his pocket and shot his grandson in the upper part of his leg.

On Aug. 30, Hawkins County Criminal Court Judge John Dugger dismissed one count of attempted second-degree murder against Langford.

Langford’s attorney, Mark Stapleton, told the Times-News the dismissal was due to the disappearance of Mosely.

“Following the incident at the carnival last year where the grandson was shot in the leg, the grandson was hospitalized at Holston Valley (Medical Center), and he left against doctor’s orders,” Stapleton said. “He was admitted at Vanderbilt (Medical Center) in Nashville for treatment of the same wound, and again left against doctor’s orders, and nobody had heard from him since. They couldn’t find him to continue the prosecution, and for that reason the case was dismissed.”

Stapleton added, “When we did our initial investigation, we learned that he (Mosely) has so many aliases that we just couldn’t keep up with him.”

Dugger also heard several guilty pleas Aug. 30-31 including:

* Anthony Shane Seals, 41, 40 Marble Hall Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to 10 years for possession of cocaine over a half gram and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges date back to 2001, and in 2013 Seals pleaded guilty in exchange for eight years on community corrections. He was arrested in May on domestic assault and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, violating the terms of his community corrections, and resulting in the sentence being reinstated.  Dugger ruled that Seals can be released again on community corrections Oct. 2.

* Margaret Lisa Winstead, 57, of Bulls Gap, who was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation in exchange for a guilty plea to simple assault.

* Caleb Allman Heck, 22, 701 Dennis Drive, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years and ordered to pay $2,917 in fines, fees and restitution for aggravated burglary, auto burglary, theft over $1,000, vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges date back to 2014. Heck received a judicial diversion in 2015, but his charges were reinstated earlier this year after he violated the terms of his probation.

* Brittany Danielle Carpenter, 22, 112 Pebble Lane, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and one day and ordered to pay $5,623 in fines and fees for delivery of Schedule III narcotics and possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver. The charges date back to 2013. Carpenter received a judicial diversion in 2015, but when she violated the terms of her probation, her charges were reinstated earlier this year.

* Sara Nichole Goins, 31, no address available, who was sentenced to three years and ordered to pay $4,085 in fines and fees for possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to deliver. The charges date back to 2013. Goins received a judicial diversion in 2015, but after she violated the conditions of her diversion, the charges were reinstated.

* Melissa Lynette Walker, 48, no address available, who received a judicial diversion for maintaining a dwelling for drug use and was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay $1,515 in fines and fees.

* Christopher David Graybeal, 37, no address available, who was sentenced to one year for felony failure to appear. That will be served consecutively to a one year sentence imposed in June for three counts of forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card.

* Steven Ray Rowlett, 47, 210 Spruce Drive, Church Hill, who was sentenced to 150 days in jail and 11 months and 29 days probation for domestic assault.  

* Margaret Rebecca Buttry, 34, of Rogersville, who was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 11 months and 29 days of probation for misdemeanor theft.                                                                         

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